Dr Anne Lindblom

Music therapist, teacher Music and English, Special Education teacher, PhD

Honorary Fellow

Dr. Anne Lindblom (born Sjögren) was born in Karlstad, Sweden, in 1958, and moved to Vancouver, Canada with her parents in 1959 where they lived until 1972. It was during these years her interest in the outdoors, wildlife and people was sparked during a happy childhood in close connection with the ocean, mountains and the diverse community. After moving back to Sweden at the age of 14, her first education was hairdressing, and she opened her own salon. Many years, jobs and courses later, she began her academic career, and got her teaching qualification at the age of 40. Her interest for research awoke during her studies in music therapy, and it took 19 years to get the academic credentials and experience to get accepted for doctoral studies. In April 2017, she defended her doctoral dissertation: Stepping out of the shadows of colonialism to the beat of the drum: The meaning of music for five First Nations children with autism in British Columbia, Canada, in the subject of Psychology at the University of Eastern Finland. Through her family ties with stepmother and sisters of the Lake Babine Nation in BC, she has been educated on the topics of colonization, systemic racism, residential schools and the historical trauma that effects the everyday lives of Indigenous peoples in Canada, and worldwide.

Since 2007, She works at Karlstad University, Sweden, in the subject of Special Education mainly in teacher education and research. Her network of Indigenous researchers are mainly within North American First Nations, Hawaiian, and Sámi, and thanks to an Erasmus teacher exchange with the Charles Darwin University, her Australian network has expanded. She is very honored that Dr Linda Ford nominated her for this appointment as honorary research fellow. During the three-year period she intends to deepen her relationships in accordance with an Indigenist research paradigm, which means that the research should stem from Indigenous needs and interests, be reciprocal and strive for decolonization and self-empowerment, and be based on Indigenous philosophical assumptions. Furthermore, she hopes to collaborate in teaching and research projects, including joint conference presentations, publications and exchanges.

Research Interests

  • Indigenist research methodologies
  • Special Education
  • Inclusion
  • First Nations
  • Autism
  • Teacher education
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Interculturality

Current Projects

  • Data has been collected on a small research project about Doctoral students in Australia’s perceptions of Indigenist research methodologies.
  • The research partners in her PhD studies are being followed up in a longitudinal study on the meaning of music for the five First Nations children with autism in BC, Canada. Data was collected in 2017. Due to the corona pandemic it was not possible to visit in 2020 but hopefully it will happen in late 2021 and then in 2023 or 2024. An international project on Student teacher’s perceptions of teaching pupils with autism in the inclusive classroom has been ongoing since 2015 together with researchers in Finland and England.
  • A research project on ethical aspects of the councelling and supervision of colleagues that special education teachers do within their profession as collaborator.
Anne Lindblom


E: anne.lindblom@inn.no

Norway Inland University of Applied Science


Karlstad University, Sweden